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military base in the 1980's. i remember driving down walmart to the golden gate bridge and seeing the military guard at the gate and being utterly fascinated. >> so presidio habitat is an exhibition where you have invited, how many artists to think about the habitat? >> we put together a list of possible participants, local, national, or international, of people who are concerned with environmental concerns, made some sort of contribution to the landscape and conversation we're having here. we said that broke -- proposal requests and we received 25 back. from that 25, we went through and chose tend to realize in the landscape.
>> including this building, which is an amazing example of recycling. >> we are proud of this space. it was designed by a local architecture team. we said, we need something that is a temporary structure, something that can be brought onto the presidio in pieces, act as an exhibition space for one year. we came up with the notion of shipping containers. it was important for us that we made this project for the place, of the place. what i mean by that is participants would also used repurchased materials. >> we will be speaking to one of the artists that you selected. what excited you about his idea? >> have many things. first of all, i am a fan of his
architecture. because of that creativity, i knew that he could come up with something unique. i love the fact that he was specifically addressing the landscape around here, and it was also about the human interaction with this place. >> what are your expectations with the people coming to presidio habitat? >> we really hope people will come with their family, dogs, and come back a number of times the works will change over the year. the feedback we are getting is you cannot do all of them on one visit. it is really better to come back and have different experiences. >> thank you. i am with mark jensen of jensen
architect. he was one of the architects to be chosen to do the presidio habitat. when you heard about this project, what inspired you about that call? >> our inspiration is a great blue heron. it was the site itself that attracted us. this is an incredibly beautiful outdoor room. we did a bit of reverse engineering once we knew we wanted to work here. which animals live here? the great blue heron jumped out at us. we walked around, and quickly, you get into another pace. you slow down, leave the city behind you. you can feel the wind and the breeze. in our increasingly frenetic, fast-paced, connected life, the
chance to be of here and slow down a bit was part of the agenda. as part of the installation, it was suggested that this would be deliberately not mowed because it would allow the sustaining of insects, plants, that would graduate -- that would gravitate to the area. >> that is right. i think you quickly notice that. >> thank you for being here. presidio habitat is an exhibition at the presidio trust. it will be in san francisco through may 2011. we hope you will come out to experience this amazing exhibition and great natural treasure. >> to learn more about the other habitats installations in the presidio, visit
[captioning made possible by california farm bureau federation] >> coming up on "california country"--good gourd! meet a family who always knows how to pick the perfect pumpkin. then, you know their name, you know their wine, but now see what else this famous family is producing. and see why everybody is nuts for this new line of snacks, including me. it's all ahead, and it starts now.
>> about a quarter of all pumpkins in america actually come from california, especially stanislaus and san joaquin counties. the perrys say there's a good reason for that--this is the perfect place for pumpkins. you could call art perry a pumpkin king since his family has been growing the golden crop in california for decades. they mainly grow traditional pumpkins, but you'll find just about every type and variety in their fields or warehouse. >> in the terminology of a pumpkin, you would call these jacks. you got this to start out with as a mini, and then we got this one here, which we call a we be little. a mini, we be little. then we call this a trickster. so you see-- >> oh, my god, you got a whole family of pumpkins there. >> so we got a little one,
a little bit bigger one, a little bit bigger one. a little bit bigger one, and then we go to those. and there's some more in between. i mean, there's a lot of different sizes in betqeen. >> it all started back in the 1920s when art's grandfather immigrated from the portuguese islands of azures when he was 16 years old. >> his name was delfino. he was the immigrant--he was from the azure islands. and when he came to this country--i knew my grandfather very well. we were very, very close. and he told me all these stories of life and how it all began and how he came and all that. and when he came to this country, he came here to better himself. and then he brought other family members into this country as the years progressed. but he was a farmer and so he started farming. and then just little by little, it kept growing and growing. >> the company is called "george perry and sons", named after art's father. and today it's handling thousands of pounds of crops that are packed, stacked and delivered across california. four generations of family members manage every
aspect of the business, from new sales to processing orders, managing drivers, and, of course, the warehouse, a nonstop hub of activity. every now and then, 91-year-old george and his wife violet come out of retiremt and visit the company they nourished. >> well, i think i got a beautiful thing here because i, you know, at my age, i was able to have my family all around me and watch all the business and see my sons run the business. this is my life. >> he says the first few years in the business, the family barely made a profit. but fast forward to today and the company bearing his name is now one of the largest shippers, growers and handlers of pumpkins in california. george perry and sons delivers produce to almost every grocery chain you can think of. >> you know, the biggest enjoyment to it is, we have a lot of people that work for us. and it feels good to know that there's a lot of families
that are supported out of this deal. all the way down to workers. we've had workers that have been here for before i took over. and then frcm there, it goes to somebody's house and they're enjoying it. whether it's, you know, looking at it, carving it, you know, it's full circle. >> this is a banana squash. and if you go into your stores, you won't see them like this. i'll be cut and wrapped with cellophane, like in about a 2 pound package. and that's banana squash. >> and then there's butternut squash--hundreds of pounds of them with a sweet nutty taste similar to pumpkin. and who could miss those boxes of spaghetti squash stacked 14 feet high? >> and this year, charlotte, we really are fortunate because the squash is just a lot nicer. and a lot of times on spaghetti
squash especially we get scarring. like from wind damage or the mice. but this year, look at how pretty they are. >> smooth as can be. >> yeah, and nice color. but this variety actually, we actually have a patent on this already. and a seed company. so whenever you buy one of these, doesn't make a difference who you're buying it from, it comes from our seed. [charlotte laughs] >> kinda fun, isn't it? >> so what do you call it, they're just called white pumpkins? >> well, yeah. there's different names for them. this one happens to be illumino. >> art studied agriculture at san lois obispo but says his real knowledge came from years of working off the land. >> and, of course, the number one thing was they taught us how to work. and we actually enjoyed it. i mean, to us, it wasn't work. i think it's a way of life for us. and from there, it just grew. >> he says knowing they all work together handling fresh california produce is an unbeatable feeling that leaves him feeling glowing and golden, kinda like those pumpkins. >> it's a happy crop.
it's a crop that makes you feel good. it's a good feeling crop. >> in manteca, charlotte fadipe for "california country tv". >> perry's pumpkins! >> hi, my name is donna insalaco, i'm the chef at beautiful. today i'm making a roasted buttnut squash, cranberry salad with roasted red onions and pomegranate vinaigrette. so we're starting with the butternut squash. and here i have a whole squash that i cut in half. it needs to be peeled down, like this here. it's very easy, just like you're peeling a potato. and then the seeds get scooped out with a spoon. ok, after that, we take the squash and cut it in strips.
just long strips like this. and we're going to cube it in, you know half inch, one inch pieces. whatever you like. i like them nice and big because it makes a more dramatic salad. >> once that's done, you would take some red onion and cuit in the same size and shape, ok? and then we're going to combine the red onion and the butternut squash with rosemary, olive oil, salt and pepper, and toss it very well. just give it a nice tossy toss to evenly distribute the herbs and the olive oil. and we're going to put it in a 350 degree oven. and roast it for approximately 15 minutes. so take the roted squash
and onion and add them to a bowl. and then from there, we take dried cranberries, couple tablespoons. probably 2 heaping great. actually, you know, one more for me. and then this is a pomegranate vinaigrette. it's simply pomegranate, syrup and sherry vinegar and a little oil. and we're just going to very lightly coat the squash, just to sweeten it up a little more and give it a little more character. and then that gets tossed really well. ok, so here you go. you have a beautiful, simple salad, very easy to prepare. it's beautiful and simple and colorful and very reflective of the season.
>> welcome back to "california country". >> sure we recognize the name "gallo" as being synonous with california wine. but what goes better with wine than cheese, right? enter joseph gallo, brother to wine entrepreneurs ernest and julio. joseph broke way from the family wine business in the eighties and took a handwritten recipe for making cheese and followed his dreams, all the way to merced county. he remained farming there until he passed away in 2007. but now his son michael and grandson peter are working to advance joseph's dream of sustainable farming and thus continue the gallo legacy in agriculture. >> i get to learn a lot on the farm, and my dad has a wealth of knowledge. he learned a lot from his dad, so, you know, we've been a family farm since 1946,
so there's a lot of history there. and every day is a new adventure, and there's always lot to learn. >> just like the family's wine business, which is the largest family-owned winery in the world, nothing is done small around here either. with more than $3 billion in cheese sales annually, joseph farms is one of california's largest cheese making operations. making everything from mozzarella to pepper jack to sharp cheddar. they see the process of cheese making from cow to curd, even growing their own feed for their herd of cows which produce the milk for their extensive line of cheeses. >> so when we got in the business, we decided we were going to produce a quality product. and, you know, my father always told me that you can't make a quality product unless you put quality into it. >> they are now making a hundred thousand pounds of cheese a day here, which means a lot of milk from a lot of cows that also make a lot of something else. yep, you guessed it, a lot of
cow waste, shall we say. but in order to keep with joseph's beliefs of staying sustainable, the family came up with a solution. they built one of the first methane digesters in the state, which turns cow poop into power. t@e cow power now provides as much as 80% of the electricity needs for the cheese plant. >> the methane digester was important because it literally turns wastes into resources. and it turns something that normally would be a waste management problem; it turns it into green energy that runs our plant, and it really makes our cheese a sustainable cheese brand. and i think beyond saving us money, it's also really great for the environment. >> what are we walking on? >> well, it's air caught inside the digester. and it's essentially the world's largest waterbed. >> it is, right? the farm is so committed to extending joseph's legacy of loving the land around him that
they even donated an area around the farm to the state of california and to the u.s. fish and wildlife service to create an environmental preserve for water fowl. it's all part of the larger picture that joseph had when he started his venture. having grown up on a farm, he had always enjoyed the outdoors and believed that wildlife and agriculture are fully compatible, and that connection should be protected for generations to come. >> the new phrase is "sustainability," and it's a new phrase for something that farmer have been doing for centuries, which is to preserve the farm. preserve the family farm. and preserve the way of life. to do that, you have to put in as well as take out. >> and as long as people are enjoying the products they are making on the farm, the next generation will continue joseph gallo's legacy in the world of sustainable agriculture. after all, what tastes better than
the success of knowing you've left something better than they way you've found it? >> i have a lot of pride in what my family's done and the business that they've created, and i'm just proud to be a part of that and help out any way i can. >> this segment is brought to you by the california farm bureau federation. from farm to feast. stay tuned for more of the tempting tastes of california.
>> welcome back to "california country". >> did you know that california is the only state in the country to commercially grow almonds? there are more than 6,000 almond farmers throughout the state, growing on more than 500,000 acres. almonds are easily one of the state's biggest crops, but down in san diego, they're getting a new life.
and it's all thanks to a little help from mom. meet mama mellace. she's the face behind the newest company to utilize and expand on california's booming nut crop. the company's headed by mike mellace and mike runyon, who were living good lives in the corporate world until one day fate intervened in the form of a simple snack. >> he buys these cinnamon almonds that come in a bag. you see them at a lot of the festivals. i had never seen them before. and they're real big out on the east coast. and so we started eating them. he givese some, i say, "oh, my goodness, these things are great." >> we went back, he bought a whole bunch, and so then we started talking about how cool it would be to have like a little thing on the side doing fairs and festivals to make a little extra money. >> they agreed on the idea, but not much else at first. with one mike from the west coast and the other from the east coast, they quickly realized they quite possibly could be the odd couple entrepreneurs of the food world. >> i'm a happy-go-lucky kind of guy. you know, he's from new york. our families are totally different, you know. but it works out good because we
look--everyone thinks we're brothers. and literally today, we dressed just alike. i go, "hey, hey, i'm glad you got my phone call," you know? "hey, what are you wearing tomorrow?" but it was so funny and there are so many things that, you know, we're going, "oh, my gosh." i mean, it's almost like we were separated at birth. >> around here they call him happy mike and me serious mike. >> so the two started experimenting and began making small batches of flavored nuts in their own garage. word quickly spread about their unique products, and it was only a matter of time before they had to find a name and face for their new company. that's when they turned to a familiar person, mike mellace's mom. >> anybody's who ever met my mom would say food is love. i mean, she definitely expresses her her love for food. that's-- so, i mean, that's just, right or wrong, that's what she does. >> but before mama signed off on the company, they had to stick to some of her principles. first of all, a kitchen should be filled with the taste and smells of home; something that is evident the moment you step into the sweetly-scented
production plant. from irish creme to butter rum to pumpkin spice, there is no flavor that is off-limits here, even if they're a little hard to tell apart. >> try that one. that's an almond. >> got that part, mike, thank you. maybe orange? >> no. >> see? what is it? >> that's amaretto. amaretto. it's amaretto. there you go. >> well, clearly, mike, you don't know me that well. but that's all right. all right. >> ok, this one, when we first did the batch, it smelled like dirty feet. >> i gotta tell you, i got nothing on that one, either. is that the irish creme? >> no, butter rum. >> close. butter rum. >> close! >> there you go, it's an alcohol flavor, you got it. you gotta get this one for me, you gotta get this one.
>> ok. onion? >> yes. >> yay, yay! >> whoo! >> nice job, look at that. look at that. >> only took me 10 pounds of nuts before i got . another principle mama insisted on is to use only top ingredients. she insisted her name would only be on the best. so for the company's most important ingredient, nuts, they turned to one of their largest and mosd respected farms in the business--the stewart and jasper farm in the san joaquin valley. >> we first started buying frm them, we bought, you know, a few hundred pounds and they used to come on ups, you know. they remember selling us a few cases. >> and one of the main reasons stewart and jasper took a chance on the small company was because they could identify with two young men coming from opposite backgrounds to start a company on a simple dream. started in 1948 by poultry
farmers romain stewart and lee jasper. the farm has grown into a hugely successful integrated operation involving thousands of acres of hauling, shelling, processing and marketing. the second and third generation of jaspers are running the business and finding new ways to market their nuts, including through people like mike and mike. >> you gotta start somewhere. you don't see too many people that come, want to buy a pick-up load of almonds and all of a sudden they're buying truckloads, but it's been great to see that progress. >> people like mama mallace's has made the almond industry as successful as it is. >> today, while maintaining their own business, the company supplies mama mallace with all of their almonds. and over the years, the two companies have come together and formed a unique partnership that, yes, even a mother could love. >> so even if it ended tomorrow, the people that we've made friends with; the people that we've reached out to, the things hat we've done, you know what, it's great.